Al-Ahly’s violent crisis with the Confederation of African Football resurfaced again after reaching the final to set a date with Wydad, who gave him the advantage of playing in his country.
The option of withdrawing from the final was presented as a response to CAF after Al-Ahly escalated the crisis to the International Sports Court and FIFA, which brought to mind the most violent crisis in African football between the champion of the century and the Continental Union that ended with the victory of the first.
The first African super Her story?
On February 10, 1994, the Al-Ahly club’s board of directors, headed by Saleh Selim, decided to withdraw from the African Championships and notify the Football Association officially of the decision.
The match witnessed friction between Al-Ahly’s administrators and the match observer, Ismael Banji, of Botswana, and strong red objections to the South African referee, Patros Matabella.
And the “Kef” decided to suspend Ibrahim Hassan since the first of February 1994 for a whole year from participating in all African competitions and national teams for assaulting the referee of the match, with the suspension of two matches in the African Championships for Clubs and Teams against Mohamed Youssef for his expulsion in the match due to deliberate violence with Emmanuel, the Zamalek star.
Al-Kaf also decided to issue a final warning to Tariq Selim, Al-Ahly’s football director, and Alan Harris, the English coach, for what was done by the first towards the match observer and his threat to him, and because of the second’s unacceptable words towards the African continent and Kef, provided that the CAF will take severe penalties against them in the event of such a recurrence. the behavior.
Withdrawal and penalties
Al-Ahly responded to Al-Kef, and its board of directors decided unanimously not to participate in the African Club Championships for an indefinite period in a meeting that witnessed the attendance of all members of the board of directors, led by Saleh Selim and Mustafa Fahmy, Al-Ahly appointed member and Secretary-General of the African Union, while Counselor Abdel Majid Mahmoud, and Major General Muharram Al-Ragheb were absent.
The Confederation of African Football, with Al-Ahly’s escalation of its withdrawal, decided to suspend Al-Ahly for 3 years from the African participation and reported its penalties to the International Federation, which announced the implementation of the penalties locally, continentally and internationally, so that the Football Association submitted a petition to FIFA to reduce Ibrahim Hassan’s penalty and allow him to play locally with his club, and be satisfied with the international suspension
system and comprehensive change
Saleh Selim said in press statements that the decision to boycott the tournaments is not only for the events of a super match, but for the losses incurred by the Red Club in terms of travel, accommodation and rewards, without the tournament having a financial return.
Al-Ahly did not participate in the African championships from 1995 to 1998, and during the period of suspension of Al-Ahly, CAF made a comprehensive change from the African Club Cup Championships to the African Champions League with the development of a new system for the tournament and financial prizes close to 2 million dollars, including 750,000 dollars.
Adly Al-Qai’i, advisor to the head of the Contracting Committee and the former general manager of Al-Ahly Club, said in statements in 2018 about the return, “The return to the African championships was aimed at classifying Africa in the competition for the title of the Century Club. The priority was not for the African championships, but only the goal was points and depriving the competitor of points.” Al-Qaei added, “We held a meeting of the board of directors and alerted the board to the issue of the Century Club.”
Mustafa Murad Fahmy, a former appointed member of the Al-Ahly Council, the former Secretary-General of the African Union and the Vice-President of Al-Ahly Football Company, said in televised statements also in 2017, that he alerted the Al-Ahmar board of directors to this issue, which contributed to the return to Africa.
Al-Ahly returned to participate in the African Championships in 1998 after advice, for fear of losing the title of the Century Club if the boycott continued.
Al-Ahly’s board of directors, led by Saleh Selim, took a historic decision at the time to return to participate in the African Champions League in its new form, with a commitment to participate in the Arab Elite Cup, which Al-Ahmar went to in light of its distance from the African arena.
Al-Ahly signed in the round of 32 with the Champions League on the Ethiopian coffee road, and agreed to participate in the Elite Cup in Tunisia with Algeria’s Mouloudia, the Saudi youth and the African Tunisian.
Arrest of the crisis referee
Al-Ahly’s victory did not stop at winning the Century Club title and Kef’s modification of its club championships. Rather, it extended to the South African referee, the first opponent of Al-Ahmar, where he was arrested in June 2004 in a series of arrests of a number of referees and officials involved in a corruption scandal and the sale of matches in South Africa.
South African police said in statements carried by Reuters news agency, they arrested an official, who was not identified by the police, who played a key role in appointing corrupt referees to run important matches and obtain money from clubs on behalf of the referees, including Petros Matabella.
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